Robert Loggia Death: Tom Hanks Mourns “Big” Co-Star — See Celeb Twitter Tributes
Tom Hanks is mourning the death of Robert Loggia, one of his memorable co-stars in Big.
Loggia died on Friday at age 85 after a five-year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Perhaps best known for so-called “tough guy” roles in movies such as Scarface and television shows like “The Sopranos,” Loggia also appeared in one of the most famous film scenes of all time. In Big, Loggia’s toy company owner dances with Hanks character on the iconic piano keyboard on the floor at F.A.O. Schwarz (see video below).
Upon hearing the news of Loggia’s passing, Hanks shared a tribute on Twitter. “Farewell, Robert Loggia. A great actor in heart and soul … A sad day,” wrote the actor. Big co-star Elizabeth Perkins also tweeted, “Rest peacefully kind, gentle, affectionate Robert Loggia. One of the loveliest people I’ve ever known.”
A number of other stars used Twitter to react to Loggia’s death, too. Seth MacFarlane, for instance, posted, “R, as in ‘Robert Loggia.’ I, as in ‘It’s Robert Loggia.’ P, as in ‘Pardon me, are you Robert Loggia?’ RIP to the great Robert Loggia.” Jason Priestley said, “So sad to just hear about the passing of Robert Loggia… A kind man, a giving actor, a true talent… He will be missed…” Director Roland Emmerich tweeted, “The great Robert Loggia has passed. My heart feels heavy with sadness but also gratitude that I was fortunate enough to know him.”
And Kevin Spacey also wrote on Twitter, “Sad to hear Robert Loggia passed. Rarely does someone love this craft as much as he did to give us 6 decades of work.” Loggia received an Oscar nomination for 1985’s Jagged Edge. His other key credits include Prizzi’s Honor, Lost Highway, the Pink Panther movies, and Independence Day. Gossip Cop’s thoughts are with Loggia’s wife and children at this time.